New respite home in mem­ory of Lee

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ANEW respite home for Armed Forces fam­i­lies has opened in mem­ory of Lee Rigby.

Lee Rigby House is set in a 17-acre coun­try es­tate and is a ‘grief re­treat’ for Armed Forces fam­i­lies.

The open­ing of the home, which in Oakamoor, Stafford­shire, was at­tended by Lee’s mum Lyn and step­dad Ian as well as North Hey­wood coun­cil­lor Ray Dut­ton, who is his un­cle.

Dur­ing Coun Dut­ton’s year as Mayor of Rochdale he raised £12,000 for the Lee Rigby Foun­da­tion, which was handed over at the open­ing.

Also at the event was Liz McInnes, MP for Hey­wood and Mid­dle­ton, who her­self has raised money for the cause by com­plet­ing the 10km Great Manch­ester Run.

She said: “I am de­lighted to see Lee Rigby House open its doors. I know Lyn, Ian and ev­ery­one who helps to sup­port the day-to-day work of the Lee Rigby Foun­da­tion have worked ex­tremely hard to make this hap­pen.

“It is won­der­ful that Lee’s par­ents are do­ing some­thing so pos­i­tive to re­mem­ber their son by, and I am sure it will pro­vide a great com­fort to many fam­i­lies.

“The foun­da­tion can only do things like this be­cause of pub­lic sup­port and kind do­na­tions.”

Lee, a 25-year-old Fusilier from Mid­dle­ton, was killed on the street in Wool­wich, Lon­don, by ter­ror­ists in 2013.

●●From left are MP Liz McInnes, Lyn Rigby, Coun­cil­lor Ray Dut­ton and Lee’s step­dad Ian at the launch of Lee Rigby House. In­set: Lee Rigby

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